obelus

noun
obe·lus | \ˈä-bə-ləs also ˈō- \
plural obeli\ˈä-bə-ˌlī, -ˌlē also ˈō- \

Definition of obelus 

1 : a symbol − or ÷ used in ancient manuscripts to mark a questionable passage

2 : the symbol ÷

First Known Use of obelus

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for obelus

Middle English, from Late Latin, from Greek obelos spit, pointed pillar, obelus

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